Political consultant Eric Schmeltzer writes on September 16, 2008 for the Huffington Post that the McCain campaign has issued a new explanation for the termination of former Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan … that Monegan traveled to Washington, D.C. seeking funds to combat the vast number of sexual assault cases plaguing Alaska. Since Alaska has the highest number of sexual assaults of any state in the United States, this raises the question as to why the McCain campaign would see Walt Monegan’s attempts to fight the tragedy through increased funding for troopers, judges and prosecutors to handle all the rape cases. ~ Sarah Palin Truth Squad
It’s time for the media to get off their duffs, and look into what Sarah Palin’s problem is with investigating rape cases, and whether John McCain is comfortable with it.
Here’s what we know. First, the state had to pass a law to mandate the funding of processing of “rape kits” (the forensics evidence collected in rape cases), specifically because of Wasilla, under Mayor Palin. That policy of not paying for rape kits was not in place when Palin took office — the town paid for rape exams and rape kit processing before she was Mayor.
And now, today, in an attempt to say that the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan was not due to his refusing to fire Palin’s ex-brother-in-law, the McCain campaign actually tells the AP, “The last straw, the McCain campaign said, was in July, when Monegan planned to travel to Washington to seek federal money for a plan to assign troopers, judges and prosecutors who could exclusively handle sexual assault cases — one of the state’s most intractable crime problems.”
The McCain campaign paints this as a process story – that Monegan was going to DC to get money to prosecute rape, when the Governor didn’t OK that request. I’d say it raises a huge question. Why is it that the Governor of the state with the highest per capita rate of forcible rape, who requested hundreds of billions in earmarks, not want to fight for Federal dollars to help law enforcement in the state investigate and prosecute rape?